“With Photography There Is No Stigma”: Turning a Lens on the Challenges of Mental Illness

At Broken Light Collective, a community of artists thousands strong support one another in using photography to cope with mental illness.

Source: “With Photography There Is No Stigma”: Turning a Lens on the Challenges of Mental Illness

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Answered Prayers

I’ve been struggling with a lot of back and forth with my decision making lately. Worries about how my decisions will affect my future are weighing heavy on my mind. By the grace of God I stumbled upon this article that gave me the peace I needed. If you are feeling unsettled as well I hope this article brings you some rest!

Good night all!

Stephanie

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Calling All Bloggers: Feature Friday

I want my blog to not only be positive but to be all inclusive. With that being said I am calling bloggers who would be interested in a feature to email me a link to no more than 5 of their blog posts. Posts must be positive and inspirational. I will pick posts that are inspirational stories, tips to mental health, motivational topics, and success stories. If you are not sure if your post would qualify please email me and I will let you know. The first feature will be on March 11 and all requests must be in by March 7th at 11pm CST to be considered. I will email you back if your post(s) have been selected, and once I run out of features I will hold another submission date.

Please email feature submissions to:

stephanie.berry0531@gmail.com

with the subject line: Feature Friday: Round 1

I can’t wait to read all your wonderful posts!

Love,

Stephanie

Giving up on Your dream? You need to read this!

Don’t look for praise, don’t look for approval, don’t chase claps, coins or credit. All of that will come by. I would tell you to focus on where you want to reach. But I don’t know where I want to reach either, if you do please do. But if you are like me, and have no idea where you want to be, just follow that ache in your chest, work like crazy on the stupidest thing with no scope ahead, just do it because you will reach somewhere rather than standing there useless. And most likely it will lead you to the right road. You don’t have to be afraid of failing because“You never fail until you stop trying” – Albert Einstein.

Source: Giving up on Your dream? You need to read this!

Giving Myself the Go-ahead

This past summer I met the most amazing woman who I am happy to now call my friend. She has been such an inspiration for me on my journey as a survivor, woman, and artist! In part this blog is all because of her and her beautiful soul! Every year she chooses a word of intention instead of creating a stressful list of New Year resolutions that always seem to start strong then leave us feeling shamed and unsuccessful. This year I chose the word brave and gave myself permission to say yes, without fear, to the things that set my soul on fire!

What set my soul on fire in January left me drained and cold in February. I went through a period of feeling like a failure, much like the feeling of dropping a New Year resolution. I felt lost, betrayed by my own heart, and confused as to why my path seemed to be changing.  I had started my second semester back in college after battling a severe mental break, and I felt charged; ready to smash my goals! Then I started getting migraines- severe stress induced migraines. My brain was having a hard time keeping up with the pace of art school and my mental health began suffering. I knew I had to make a change, but what about what I set out to do this year? I can’t just give up on my intention!

Then it hit me. Brave. I needed to be brave enough to trust God, trust myself, trust that it would be alright to take a different path. I needed to be brave and take care of myself. I chose to see dropping out of school this semester as an act of self-love instead of failing.

I came across this quote on Facebook the other day that has helped encourage me to be kind to myself:

“Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself, what is most important this very second.”

-Greg Mckewown

Be kind to yourselves, be present, and be brave! Today I challenge you to reflect on what is weighing heavy on your heart. Ask yourself what is most important right now, and be confident knowing you have the power to make a change.Not because you failed but because you chose compassion!